Urinary Tract Infections

What Is Urinary Tract Infection ?

An infection in any part of the urinary system (that includes kidneys, ureter, bladder and the urethra) defines a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). The lower urinary tract is amongst the commonly infected parts of the urinary system. Women are more susceptible to UTIs compared to men.

What Triggers UTI ?

  • Bacterial infection in the urinary tract
  • Infection of the bladder (Cystitis)
  • Infection of urethra (urethritis)
  • Sexual activity
  • Certain types of birth control devices (such as diaphragms)
  • Menopause
  • Compromised immune system
  • Abnormalities in the urinary tract

How Would You Know If You Have UTI ?

  • UTI may not always cause signs and symptoms in the beginning.
  • Some common symptoms include, a strong persistent urge to urinate and a burning sensation during urinating
  • Urine may appear cloudy
  • Urge to urinate frequently
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Pain in the pelvic region

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • Once the person is diagnosed with the infection, the doctor will suggest medication. In general the symptoms get better after 3-4 days.
  • In case UTI is not treated properly it may lead to several complications such as permanent kidney damage, urethral narrowing, sepsis and increased risk of low birth weight of infants.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor will ask you for your symptoms, based on which he may suggest relevant tests.
  • To test for the presence of infection, he shall recommend a urine sample test and laboratory culture of the urine sample.
  • For treatment, the doctor shall prescribe antibiotics and analgesics to treat the infection and relieve pain.
  • You shall be asked to take plenty of fluids especially during the first 24 hours after the symptoms appear.
  • In case the infection worsens, the person may have to be given the medication intravenously for effective treatment.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For UTI ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Probiotics

Ingredients: Yoghurt, Raw cheese, Kimchi

Ways to Use:

You can choose to include probiotics such as yoghurt, raw cheese, kimchi and kefir in your diet on a regular basis

2. Celery Seeds

Ingredients: Celery seeds, Water

Ways to Use:

You can chew celery seeds (handful) with water. It helps to increase urine production and also helps to flush out the toxins and aid recovery.

3. Garlic

Ingredients: Garlic, Water

Ways to Use:

Chew a clove of garlic on an empty stomach every morning with water. Enriched with anti-bacterial properties, it helps to fight the infections.

4. Cranberries

Ingredients: Cranberries

Ways to Use:

Cranberries are a rich source of antioxidants and therefore helps to fight infections. You may choose to have this fruit in its fresh or dried form for best benefits.

Apart from practicing good toilet hygiene and drinking enough fluids, make sure you do not hold the urine for long and use hygiene products to avoid the occurrence of UTIs in the very first place. However, if incase you are infected with UTI, try these amazing and simple natural remedies to fight the problem.

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